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Police Nab Porn Hacker Behind Moscow Traffic Mayhem

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian police said today they had arrested a prankster who hacked into a computer system to show a pornographic movie on a giant advertising screen, causing havoc on a busy Moscow thoroughfare.

The two-minute clip, displayed on a video screen above a main road south of the Kremlin, caused midnight traffic jams and a frenzy of excitement across the Russian blogosphere.

Police said the hacker gained control of the screen by breaking into an online company's server in the volatile southern region of Chechnya as "he didn't think the police would go looking for him there".

"[The hacker] is a highly educated, temporarily unemployed and extremely advanced Internet user," police said. "The scandalous film was the talk of the town."

The 40-year-old man said he wanted to "give people a laugh," the popular daily Kommersant reported.

Rossiya-24 television said an elderly motorist suffered a heart attack at the wheel after seeing the scenes.